The Cosmic Christ

 

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The Cosmic Christ can be defined as that aspect of God which pervades all of creation, the Christ who “fills the universe in all its parts” (Ephesians 1:23).  The Franciscan teaching of this is based firmly in the theology of Bonaventure and Scotus that flows from the spirituality of Francis and Clare and their early followers.   It is basically Trinity-centered and Christ-centered.

Bonaventure brought new insights of a Trinity theology, building on the work of some great minds of the past.  For Bonaventure, the First Person of the Trinity ­ the Father-Mother Person – is Love, the Source of all that is good, and Font of all goodness.  This God wants to express Godself, and so the Word – the Second Person – expresses the overflowing goodness and love of God.  The self-
the consciousness of this love, Love aware of itself, is the Word expressed inwardly; the Word expressed outwardly IS God’s creation of the world out of Love.  The Third Person – the Spirit Person – is the mutual love between the Father-Mother Person and the Word and is God living and active in this world.

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